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Iolite Gemstones

Iolite Gemstones

by Nancy Troske October 27, 2016

Iolite is an unusual gemstone that has "pleochroism" meaning it can show different colors when viewed from different directions. Iolite’s strong pleochroism makes it an effective light filter. Early Viking navigators used thin slices of it as a polarizing filter to protect their eyes...

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StudentsWork

StudentsWork

by Nancy Troske October 27, 2016

Last Saturday I taught a workshop at Morven Museum in Princeton, NJ as part of the Arts Council of Princeton’s offerings.  It was the first class I’ve taught there and the class went extremely well after one major glitch!  It was supposed to be a basic soldering class and the Museum wouldn’t allow an open flame.  I guess that should have been obvious from the beginning but it never got discussed.  After seeing the beautiful…

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